Dummy Hoy – I See the Crowd Roar

The Documentary
Learn of his many achievements on the field, including being credited with the creation of hand signals still used in baseball today! His record 82 stolen bases in his rookie year while batting just .288, is a record that stood 97 years. His record of throwing out three base runners at home plate from center field in one game still stands 125 years later.

One of Major League Baseball’s first deaf players, Hoy’s life and achievements on baseball fields are chronicled from his youth to the closing of an amazing 14 year Major League career plus his entire CHARACTER

The life of William “Dummy” Hoy is something young and old can marvel at, and from which individuals can learn and raise aspirations. Fans learned to use visual displays such as waving their hands when cheering him since he could not hear them cheer but could see their excitement about his play.


Ryan Lane
Deanne Bray

Narrated by Roy Firestone

Critically acclaimed as a performer, monologist, humorist, musician and impressionist, Roy Firestone is one of the nation’s most sought after live corporate performers, keynote speakers and lecturers.
Firestone has performed in more than two thousand venues spanning two decades. He has shared the stage with performers Josh Groban, Reba McEntire, David Foster, Forrest Whitaker and Jon Bon Jovi. His numerous television credits include Everybody Loves Raymond and Married with Children. Fans of The Simpsons remember him as the voice of ‘Bart Starr.’ Read more…

The Book

Suppose that you could not hear or you could not speak, and that you were much smaller than most people. Would you have the courage and persistence to succeed in reaching your dream to play Major League Baseball?

Baseball great William “Dummy” Hoy did, and he became the first deaf player to have an extended career in the Major Leagues. Because of his deafness, he was instrumental in creating hand signals between coaches and players, and ultimately umpires, that still benefit both players and fans yet today.

William dedicated most of his 99 year life to developing and encouraging young baseball players, especially those with physical challenges who were playing on community teams. He grew up playing street baseball outside his house with his friends and local amateur teams.

I See the Crowd Roar is the inspiring story of William’s tenacity and perseverance, and of how he overcame his physical disability to realize his dream of being a Major League Baseball player. His tenacity and work ethic also helped him set Major League records, stealing 82 bases as a rookie—a record that stood for 97 years—and throwing out three base runners at home plate in a single game—a record that still stands 125 years later.